Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible renewable fuels consist of:

  • biogas
  • biomass
  • landfill gas
  • solar photovoltaic (PV)
  • waterpower
  • wind

Visit the OPA's FIT and microFIT websites to learn more about these fuels.

For FIT projects you must provide proof that you have access rights to the land (you do not have to own it). For MicroFIT projects, you do not have to own the land but you have to be permitted by the land owner to install the system.

FIT contracts were developed to include an 11 % return on equity. This does not, however, guarantee that every project will earn 11 % on its investment due to the fact that project costs vary from one project to another.

The microFIT Program is a new way of generating renewable energy so there is little experience with respect to its effects on taxes. You should contact your local municipality to discuss your project in regards to tax.

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has an industry directory of solar companies that operate in Ontario and throughout Canada (www.cansia.ca).

Check with your home insurance company to determine whether insurance is required to cover your solar panels. It is also wise to have your solar installation company discuss your project with your insurance company to ensure that they are properly educated about the system.

Check with your municipality office to find out if a permit is required for installing solar panels.

Check with your municipal bylaw office to find out if any bylaws will affect the installation.

The general rule of thumb cost for PV panels is $10 per watt.

A three kW solar PV installation could pay for itself in about 12 years.

The percentage requirements are based on the total project cost. If selected activities are done in Ontario, developers receive a qualifying percentage towards their domestic content requirement. Criteria for designated activities range from manufacturing certain components in Ontario to retaining labour and consulting services provided by Ontario residents.

A connection point is where the renewable energy project is connected to the grid.

Your renewable energy project will be connected to the grid through a meter that will be different from the meter that measures your consumption. This meter will allow the electricity distribution company to measure the electricity you generate.